(Closed) is it legal

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not entirely sure, but I think it’s perfectly legal. A name change is just a name change.

Post # 5
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I believe it’s legal! I’ve even heard of it being done…. but I don’t have any law knowledge to back me up, just know that it’s been done before. 🙂

Post # 6
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@bobbeylynn: I think technically you can change your name to anything. I’ve heard of men changing their names, so I’m sure its possible. Call your county courthouse to ask.

Post # 7
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hi, of course it is legal.  Darling Husband took my name.  As long as you get married, he is allowed to change his name to your last name.  If he wants to change his first name, that would require him to go to court in my state.

When you marry, you are able to take the partner’s last name (whether you are the woman or the man doing that).

Dh had a name that meant nothing to him and he is very happy to have my name.  He is very proud of it, and this is common in other countries.

Post # 9
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If Chad Ochocinco can legally change his last name to Ochocinco because his jersey number is 85, I’m almost positive your husband can take your last name.

Post # 10
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Are you in California? If so, it’s legal.

Each party to the marriage may adopt any of the following last names:

-The current last name of the other spouse.

-The last name of either spouse given at birth.

-A name combining into a single last name all or a segment of the current last name or the last name of either spouse given at birth.

-A hyphenated combination of last names.

From: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/Documents/CHS-NameEqualityActPamphlet-2010-01-Merged.pdf

Post # 11
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It’s legal.  I used to work with a guy that took his wifes last name.  He liked hers better than his. His was really hard to pronounce and he didn’t have family over in the states so he thought “What the hell?!”.

Post # 12
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

yes you can do (pretty much) what ever you want. 

Post # 13
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

In Canada, or at least Alberta, where I live, there are not as many options for name change. While it is acknowledged that a husband could take the last name of his wife, it is recommended that a legal name change process is undertaken rather than just adopting it as women can do with her husband’s last name. Also, while it is common for women in the United States to be able to keep her maiden name as her middle name without a legal name change, that is not an option in Alberta.

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